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Stories of the Past: Friday, July 27, 2001

July 27, 2001

50 years ago — The last Western Airlines flight for a while went out of El Centro tonight as service for 45 cities was all but halted by a strike of 300 mechanics.

40 years ago — Westmorland Mayor James Harvey said Thursday morning that neither he nor the City Council had any plan of setting up a "speed trap" in the city when they ordered the Police Department Monday night to give more attention to traffic enforcement. "All the council wanted from the police was that the amount of traffic fines be brought up to the $6,503 figure for 1959-60. This compared to the $4,621 figure for the 1960-61 fiscal year," said Harvey.

30 years ago — The U.S. Department of Agriculture closed the state's borders to all California horses in a preventive measure against the horse sleeping sickness that killed more than 1,300 horses in Texas. Fred Singh, county director of environmental health, said the county doesn't have any program to control mosquitoes.

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20 years ago — Even if the county wins its Superior Court battle to clamp restrictions on the importation of wastes to IT Corp.'s toxic waste dump near Westmorland, the war may not be over yet, according to County Counsel James Harmon. Harmon warned the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that legislation had been introduced in Sacramento that could seriously weaken or destroy the county's ability to regulate toxic dumps.

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